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Mail Call - April 4

April 03, 2013

“I’m calling about the comment made about the taxi drivers in Hagerstown. Yes, the taxi drivers in the cities do have meters in their car. They can put up the sign that says, you know, out of service, because they have meters in their cars that start off for $5 or more an hour ... and our cabs will take you across town for $5. That’s why it’s no comparison to Hagerstown and in the big city.”
— Hagerstown

“It’s Thursday, March 21, and I was just reading Mail Call. This guy’s going on and on about the taxes on rifles and ammo and said not to raise taxes, but to raise it on the woman who smokes two packs of cigarettes a day, raise her taxes. Well, I pay my taxes every day, and here’s the thing: If you don’t want us cigarette smokers to smoke, then stop selling cigarettes. It’s that simple.”
— Hagerstown

“I have a great concern about the cost of energy. The big oil companies get special tax breaks. Our state is pushing wind power off our East Coast. What are our legislators doing? Congress does nothing, no investigation, no action to repeal these tax breaks, even though our country is sinking in debt. Our state government passes bills to entice a large company to develop wind farms, and all energy users in the state will pay extra fees on our monthly bills to subsidize them. The state will subsidize development and many of the construction costs. What will we get? Higher energy bills and higher taxes.”
— Hagerstown

“I think it’s time for term limits in Congress. It was said today that Western Democrats are not going to vote on the assault weapons ban because they say they’re up for re-election next year. That’s crazy. You have 60 to 70 percent that want the ban, 91 percent of Americans want the background checks. They’re not going to vote on it because they’re worried about their re-election. It’s time for a six-year limit, that’s it.”
— Hagerstown

“Maryland public schools have been ranked No. 1 by ‘Education Week’ for five years. Last year, Louisiana ranked No. 23. So we hired a principal from a 900-student Louisiana high school that websites claim has a 52 percent graduation rate to be assistant superintendent for the 22,000-student Washington County school system that reports a 90 percent graduation rate.”
— Hagerstown

“Tell me what downtown has that a person would want to go down there to do any kind of shopping. And at restaurants, which I know they have a lot of, they’re too expensive for a person on a fixed income. Downtown has had it, no matter how much money is spent.”
— Hagerstown

“Since our city government is so interested in real estate, I have a suggestion. Find out the lifestyle of the people who live in the downtown area, within a certain amount of city blocks, of course. From what I understand, most of them are on fixed incomes or government subsidies. So why not develop downtown Hagerstown to help those people first? Restaurants that are affordable, a couple little shops. Just something that coincides with the people who are downtown.”
— Hagerstown

“I’d just like to say that Allan Powell, I’d like for him to write something from his mind, instead of all the book reviews. If I want a book review, I’ll get it off the Internet. I’m tired of just book review after book review.”
— Halfway

“A suggestion for downtown Hagerstown: Why don’t they tear it down and rebuild it, and they will come.”
— Hagerstown

“I wonder why the Democrats, when they have the opportunity to balance the budget in this country and help the American people, why they refuse to balance the budget. All they want to do is tax and spend. You know what, if I was a Democrat, I’d be ashamed that I put people like that into office.”
— Hagerstown

“Has anyone noticed that when Mail Call uses the three dots and leaves out some of the message on the Mail Call that it’s usually on a conservative call?”
— Maugansville

“I was just curious if the mayor and the city council is oblivious to the fact that the Dual Highway and all these streets are full of potholes, and they’re damaging people’s vehicles, if they couldn’t get a dump truck full of asphalt and go through and fill this holes so they’re not tearing up our vehicles.”
— Hagerstown

“Thank goodness the FAA is closing the tower at the airport. Now, maybe the people in the Garden Spot development will not have to listen to as many planes flying over. And I hope — and I do not want the county commissioners to put more money in the airport to keep this tower open.”
— Maugansville

“Here’s why we need the death penalty in Maryland, and I can’t understand why anyone would want to remove it. These two (suspects) in Georgia who killed the little 18-month-old boy by shooting him in the face after they tried to rob the mother. .. If that happened in Maryland, they’d be allowed to live.”
— Sharpsburg

“Congratulations, Democrats. I thought this was a party of sanity. It’s changed to a party of insanity, on taxes. You’ve changed a lifelong Democratic voter to a Republican voter.”
— Hagerstown

“The airport has fewer than 60,000 movements per year. The baseline for not closing a tower was a minimum of 150,000. In plain words, traffic is lacking. But after reading the Saturday Herald-Mail article, I can see where this is going. The current tower employees and their $400,000-plus in salary and benefits will become Washington County employees, while the Washington County taxpayer (pays).”
— Hagerstown

“I have lately been reading about our city and county commissioners in regards to all the buying of properties and so-called investments to benefit our city and county, and to say it is to help the people. ... We don’t need a bunch of buildings or a new stadium. How about streets and roads, and fix what we already have. Stop making more debt, debt that we can’t pay back. You’re acting like Washington.”
— Hagerstown

“Hagerstown is a dead city. People drive around with morbid obituaries on their car rear windows, they re-enact dead wars, which they lost. All the businesses are leaving the area or just simply closing their doors for good, and cemeteries mail out scratch-offs to win free burial sites to drum up business. ... Come alive, Hagerstown, and live in the now. It is a new day. Let’s move on, and we can start by building a new baseball stadium.”
— Hagerstown

“Can anyone help with March Madness picks when Harvard beats New Mexico? I did a lot of ‘research’ into this year’s championship. Many were saying New Mexico was a top team, and lately, were referring to the Mountain West as a top BB conference. Three of their five teams lost in the first round. ... Many people had perfect entries. How did they pick Harvard? ... No comments from those who chose by location, mascot, school colors, etc.”
— Antrim Township, Pa.

“I came across this ... saying ... : ‘What is a mean mother? A mean mother never allows candy or sweets to take the place of a well-balanced meal. A mean mother insists on knowing where her children are at all times, who their friends are and what they do. A mean mother breaks the child labor law by making her children work, washing dishes ... and doing other cruel and unpleasant chores. A mean mother makes life miserable for her offspring by insisting that they always tell the truth. A mean mother, etc., etc. What the world needs now are more mean mothers, and fathers, too.’ I thought that was a good saying.”
— Greencastle, Pa.

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